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CODE OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT

T
he Code of Professional Conduct stipulates minimum standards of professional conduct of teachers but is not an exhaustive
list of such standards. Unless exempted by legislation, any member of The Alberta Teachers’ Association who is alleged to
have violated the standards of the profession, including the provisions of the Code, may be subject to a charge of unprofes­
sional conduct under the bylaws of the Association.

In relation to pupils In relation to colleagues


1  The teacher teaches in a manner that respects the dignity and 12  The teacher does not undermine the confidence of pupils in
rights of all persons without prejudice as to race, religious be­ other teachers.
liefs, colour, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender
expression, physical characteristics, disability, marital status, 13  The teacher criticizes the professional competence or pro­
family status, age, ancestry, place of origin, place of residence, fessional reputation of another teacher only in confidence to
socioeconomic background or linguistic background. ­proper officials and after the other teacher has been informed of
the criticism, subject only to section 24 of the Teaching Profes-
2  (1) The teacher is responsible for diagnosing educational sion Act.
needs, prescribing and implementing instructional programs and
evaluating progress of pupils. 14  The teacher, when making a report on the professional
­performance of another teacher, does so in good faith and, prior
  (2) The teacher may not delegate these responsibilities to any to submitting the report, provides the teacher with a copy of the
person who is not a teacher. report, subject only to section 24 of the Teaching Profession Act.
3  The teacher may delegate specific and limited aspects of
15  The teacher does not take, because of animosity or for person­
instructional activity to noncertificated personnel, provided that
al advantage, any steps to secure the dismissal of another teacher.
the teacher supervises and directs such activity.
4  The teacher treats pupils with dignity and respect and is con­ 16  The teacher recognizes the duty to protest through proper
siderate of their circumstances. channels administrative policies and practices which the teacher
cannot in conscience accept; and further recognizes that if
5  The teacher may not divulge information about a pupil received administration by consent fails, the administrator must adopt a
in confidence or in the course of professional duties except as position of authority.
required by law or where, in the judgment of the teacher, to do
so is in the best interest of the pupil. 17  The teacher as an administrator provides opportunities for
staff members to express their opinions and to bring forth sug­
6  The teacher may not accept pay for tutoring a pupil in any gestions regarding the administration of the school.
subjects in which the teacher is responsible for giving classroom
instruction to that pupil.
In relation to the profession
7  The teacher may not take advantage of a professional position
to profit from the sale of goods or services to or for pupils in 18  The teacher acts in a manner which maintains the honour
the teacher’s charge. and dignity of the profession.
19  The teacher does not engage in activities which adversely
In relation to school authorities affect the quality of the teacher’s professional service.
8  The teacher protests the assignment of duties for which the 20  The teacher submits to the Association disputes arising from
teacher is not qualified or conditions which make it difficult to professional relationships with other teachers which cannot be
render professional service. resolved by personal discussion.
9  The teacher fulfills contractual obligations to the employer 21  The teacher makes representations on behalf of the Associa­
until released by mutual consent or according to law. tion or members thereof only when authorized to do so.
10  The teacher provides as much notice as possible of a decision 22  The teacher accepts that service to the Association is a pro­
to terminate employment. fessional responsibility.
11  The teacher adheres to agreements negotiated on the teacher’s
behalf by the Association.

Approved by the 2018 Annual Representative Assembly pursuant to the Teaching Profession Act.

Please note:
• Items 13 and 14 of the Code of Professional Conduct do not pertain to reporting to the Association on the possible unprofessional
conduct of another member.
• The Teaching Profession Act, section 24(3), requires members to report forthwith to the executive secretary on the unprofessional
conduct of another member.

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